Durham County Golf Union is celebrating 100 years of history and to mark this major landmark, the County Executive is holding two major competitions. The first was recently staged at The Wynyard Golf Club with two shotgun starts. Two representatives from each of the 44 clubs in the Union were invited to play in the morning competition and the County Executive and guests took part in the afternoon tournament.
On the day, all the golfers struggled in a strong to gale force westerly wind but they were well rewarded with prizes down to 7th place and excellent food provided by the Wynyard Club.
The second of these competitions is to be held at Durham City Golf Club on Sunday, September 28th and will be the finale to the county playing season. All clubs in the county union have been asked to host a qualifying competition from which their winner will go forward to play in the final at Durham City.
And to conclude the year, the winners from both venues will be invited to receive their trophies at the centenary dinner being held at Durham Castle on December 19th.
The county union has also released its centenary book, which has been researched and written by Peter Sutton, a member and historian of Wearside Golf Club.
There are numerous wonderful snippets contained in the book, and many worth commenting about. As time goes by, information does get forgotten and unless you are an avid reader, they slip into the past.
Golf North East is part of the Newcastle Chronicle and Journal group and one particular paragraph is of particular interest. In 1923, the 'Chronicle Cup' which originally began in 1907 as a competition between Northumberland and Durham golf clubs, managed and organised by the Newcastle Chronicle newspaper, was handed over to the Northumberland and Durham Golf Unions and renamed 'The Northumberland and Durham Inter-County Foursomes Competition'
Maybe in another 100 years, somebody might be commenting on the success of Golf North East's present competitions!
Anyone interested in purchasing a copy of the Centenary book (pictured right) can do so by contacting the County Secretary, Graham Hope (0191 522 8605) at a cost of £15.00 plus £5.00 postage and packaging.
Results from The Wynyard Club: AM competition for all Club representatives in the DCGU: 1, M. Clay & S. Phillips (Woodham) 45 points; 2, R. Todd & W. Tolley (Eaglescliffe) 43 points; 3, L. Killip & C. Knight (Ineos) 42 points; 4, K. Jonas & M. Carver (Birtley) 41 points; 5, B. Outhwaite & K. Dawson (Knotty Hill) 41 points; 6, R. Peart & D. Simpson (Bishop Auckland) 40 points; 7, P. Crinnion & F. Walker (Consett) 40 points.
PM competition for the Durham County Executive and invited guests: 1, M. Yates & P. Wharburton 47 points; 2, R. Baines-Bennett & M. Hayes 42 points; 3, J. Mayfield & I. Harrison 40 points; 4, G. P. Hope & J. Kirk 39 points; 5, D. Livingstone & D. Self 38 points; 6, B. Aisbitt & E. Proctor 37 points; 7, A. Hedley & P. Corney 37 points.